Lumina Grants to Help Youth Prepare for College


If you do college access work with eighth through 10th graders, especially in a few select Midwestern states, be on the lookout for money you can use to expose youths to KnowHow2GO – an Internet-based program and campaign that provides specific steps for youths on how to prepare for college.

Agencies in six states each recently received $140,000 grants from the Lumina Foundation for Education that they will then re-grant to youth-serving agencies to work with youths using KnowHow2GO, according to the foundation.

The grants were made to:

?           EducationQuest Foundation Inc. (Lincoln, Neb.)

?           New England Educational Opportunity Association (Orono, Maine)

?           Scholarship America (St. Peter, Minn.)

?           Student Assistance Foundation of Montana (Helena)

?           Tennessee Higher Education Commission (Nashville)

?           University of Wisconsin System (Madison)


Additionally, agencies in five states or regions have recieved planning grants from Lumina ranging from $58,400 to $163,500 to create or strengthen “viable networks” and build site-specific models that use KnowHow2GO technology to address local needs. Those agencies are:

    ?       Illinois Student Assistance Commission (Deerfield)

    ?       Northwest Education Loan Association (Seattle)

    ?       Ohio College Access Network (Columbus,

    ?       The Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence (Lexington, Ky.)

    ?       Southern California College Access Network (Los Angeles)